Sitting at coffee this morning I was handed her Windows 10 Ultrabook with the question, “Where do I go to get You Tube? I can’t seem to find it. This question probably gets asked of spouses and partners more than many will admit. At least it will during these times of transition between the worlds of the computer and smart devices. In case you wonder, by computer I mean something with a traditional keyboard and monitor (or display) or a smartphone or tablet where all those parts have been cleverly integrated into one device. And then there are still a few devices that don’t fit handily into either category.
Flashback. It was before the year 2000 and the rage was a handheld device with a built-in 2” screen that would show videos. I think it was a Casio. We had to have one for Christmas that year. The result: like most Christmas toys and gadgets, maybe a week of novelty and then it went first into the drawer and then a couple of years later to the garage sale. My point – sometimes its hard to know (as a consumer at least and sometimes as a commercial enterprise), which of the many platforms and flavors will stick for at least three years, and which will not.
Back to the Ultrabook. What has happened is that the major players – at least Microsoft, Apple, and Google, and to a slightly lesser extent Amazon, have made it easy for you to get their flavor of “stuff” (define that yourself please) so that it can be used now on whatever technology you are carrying or using at home or office. But its still hard to know whether what you are requesting works traditionally – like in a browser like Safari or Firefox – or might better be used in the newer Microsoft Edge browser or even on your smartphone which may or may not have its own browser.
Confused? Hopefully not because the evolution of computing programs (now called Apps most often) is moving from those installed on the device and “executed” there to those integrated into “cloud services” and accessed by using a piece of microcode on the device that connects via the Internet (wifi or mobile wireless to you techies) to a service that completes the connection and provides whatever you sought when you clicked on or touched the app icon on your phone or tablet.
The only help I could provide – for now at least – was a bit of knowledge about the “owner” of You Tube (Google) and the suggestion that starting with the owner will probably reveal the best means for getting the app on whatever device you are using. Otherwise you will be at the mercy of the Apple Store, Google PlayStore, Amazon Store, or the much newer Microsoft Store (which seems to have been the driving force behind their Surface tablet products and the evolution of Windows 10 (which begs you to download their apps, but which hasn’t played well with others (like You Tube) so far.
Hope this helps.
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